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Local Priest, Creighton Alumnus to Receive Sheehan Award

The Rev. Donald W. Shane, pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, will receive the Universityís Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award on Jan. 10 during Creighton's Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game. Attendees come from dioceses in Nebraska and Iowa.

Fr. Shane has served as a priest for more than 40 years, most recently as pastor of parishes with schools including Sts. Peter and Paul Parish from 1988-1998 and St. Robertís since 1998. In 2010, he was one of 10 recipients of the National Catholic Education distinguished pastor award. Honorees were chosen because they understand Catholic education, provide spiritual guidance to the school community, participate in school activities, work cooperatively with the school board and parent association and support the school administration. He also spearheaded the recent renovation of St. Robertís church and is active in a number of other community and ecclesial organizations such as the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Fr. Shane grew up in Omaha and graduated from Creighton Preparatory School in 1960 and Creighton University in 1964, with a degree in Philosophy. He received a degree in Theology from Conception Abby in Northwest Missouri and was ordained a priest in 1969. In 1980 he received his second Creighton degree, a Masterís of Ministry.

The Archbishop Sheehan award recognizes a priest or a brother from the Archdiocese of Omaha who has distinguished himself for service to society, to the Church and to Catholic education, all of which were hallmarks of Archbishop Sheehan's career. Creighton established the award to honor Archbishop Sheehan, who died in October 2000.